Ramaphosa slams screaming & shouting in Parly

Ramaphosa says MPs screaming & shouting complicates the relationship between Parliament & the executive.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa responds to questions in Parliament on 5 November 2014. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says howling, screaming and shouting by opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) makes it difficult to have a good relationship between Parliament and the executive.

Ramaphosa was challenged by Democratic Alliance (DA) Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane in the National Assembly on Wednesday, to say when President Jacob Zuma would come and answer MPs' questions.

"Are you going to ensure that the president complies with the rules of this house? That he must be here four times a year? I'd like to know whether you're going to put forward a commitment on when will President Zuma appear before the National Assembly?"

The deputy president told MPs Zuma isn't shirking his responsibility.

"The president is very clear about his own responsibilities. When he appeared here, members of this very house prevented him from answering all the questions that he wanted to answer. So what more do you want?"

The president is to deliver his annual address to the National Council of Provinces this afternoon.